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Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD

Edie Raphael is consultant and coach with Rewire. She is passionate about mindful work practices and organizational culture change. She is also one of the kindest, most brutal yoga instructors you will meet.
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Posts by Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD

The Fear Of In-Betweens (And Three Ways To Overcome This Fear)

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Oct 17, 2017

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.”   -Soren Kierkegaard
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”   -Lao Tzu

Today’s Wireboard starts with a little physical activity. And given the fact that sitting is the new smoking, we could all use it! It’s easy and there are just three steps. I’ll wait while you do them:

  1. Stand up.
  2. Take the slowest step forward you’ve ever taken.
  3. Take a couple more just as slowly.

What was that like for you? Notice anything? When I did this exercise, I noticed two things: First, when we’re walking, we’re constantly shifting weight between one leg and then the other. Second, there’s a subtle act of balance when we only have one foot on the ground. But we usually don’t notice the shifting or balance because we do it so quickly and we’ve been walking for so many years.

Four Ways To Fill Up Your Tank This Weekend (and Every Weekend)

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Aug 30, 2017

Have you noticed that much of our social interaction at work revolves around the topic of weekends? Two of our most-common questions are:

Know Any Cynical People? Here's the Root of Their Cynicism

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Jul 06, 2017

The other day, my daughter showed me a video of a young girl performing a song on America’s Got Talent. For those who’ve never seen the show, the talent judges interview the performers after their performance. Simon Cowell (one of the judges) asked the girl how she had chosen her song and she revealed that her father — who has stage 4 colon cancer — loves to hear her sing this song. After watching the video, I noticed that a number of the comments cynically challenged the veracity of her story claiming that “her tears were fake,” “her parents’ tears were fake,” or that she lied about her hometown life, etc.

He Helped Found America, But His Greatest Challenge Was Changing His Habits: Ben Franklin’s Plan for Personal Transformation

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Jun 07, 2017

“It was about this time I conceived the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection.” - Benjamin Franklin, The Art of Virtue.

I’ve Used This Boat Metaphor to Meet Challenges and Drive Growth for Teams

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   May 02, 2017

This past year, I’ve been consulting for a company and one of its contractors on a big project. Since this big project requires close coordination, a large part of my work has become helping the two teams work better together. And this has not always been easy. The scope of their project is massive with matching stakes for success and failure. The deadlines are aggressive. The stress level is consistently high.

7 Strategies for Effective Stress-management

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Feb 23, 2017

Wish we could turn back time -- to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep -- but now we're stressed out
~Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”

Readers who’ve met me in real life likely know that, in addition to my work with Rewire, I teach yoga. A few years ago, I had a scheduling conflict and asked my friend Sarah to lead the class in my place. The class was held in a yoga studio below an accounting firm. Unfortunately, poor Sarah turned the bass on her music a bit too high. So a few minutes into class, the meditative stillness was broken by a BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! on the door. The whole class started and turned to see a red-faced, stress-deranged accountant yelling “TURN DOWN YOUR MUSIC!”

The Sound of Silence: Questions and Answers from a Week Spent at a Silent Retreat

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Jan 05, 2017

Max Hermann begins his famous poem, "Desiderata," with this piece of wonderful advice: “Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.”

 

How many of us have paused momentarily in our frantic schedules to think that same thought? How many of us feel pressed by the busyness and noise and long for more peace and silence in our lives?

Let's Rewire Two Common Holiday Wellness Problems

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Dec 22, 2016

This period of time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is quite special. There’s a sense of excitement and possibility, lots of parties, time with family and friends, old and new traditions, memorable smells, and good food. Despite all of the good cheer (and sometimes because of it), many of us find ourselves with holiday wellness complaints. The three common health-related complaints heard around water coolers in December are:

A Rewired Thanksgiving lasts 365 Days (Turkey and Pie Optional)

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 23, 2016

Editor’s note: In addition to this article on the practice and benefits of gratitude, we’ve put together this guided meditation, led by this week’s author, Edie Raphael. Edie is a wonderful guide for these sessions and we know this meditation will be a valuable resource both for the holiday and in the future. Enjoy.

Active Listening: The Rare Yet Effective Leadership Superpower

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 16, 2016

Getting A Handle On Anger

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Aug 17, 2016

Just yesterday, I was walking down the office hallway of a corporate client when I made eye contact with one of the employees. “You know,” she said to me after I stopped to ask how she was doing, “what you really should be teaching is anger management.”

Conscious Growth Is All About the Why

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Jul 20, 2016

Do you have a resolution that seems like it will never get resolved?

Hoop Dreams for Adults: How Can We Keep Growth Going?

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Jun 08, 2016

A middle-aged attorney and his comedian wife were driving past some basketball courts filled with young, sinewy, aggressive players when he wistfully exclaims, "You know, I could've gone pro." "Pro what?" she asks incredulously, "Pro-bono?"

Three Reasons Humble People Are Better Leaders (and Three Ways to Become One)

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Apr 27, 2016

Humble leaders are better leaders.

Epic Lessons for Meeting Tough Goals at Work and in Life

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Mar 09, 2016

In 2013, polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere became the first people to survive a human powered round-trip journey from the coastline of Antarctica to the South Pole and back— a journey of 1800 miles across one of most inhospitable terrains on Earth. The trip was called the Scott Expedition, named after the leading explorer who died (along with five others) in 1910 attempting the same trek.

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